Lanjigarh, Kalahandi, Odisha, May 30, 2019: On the occasion of World Menstrual Hygiene Day, Vedanta’s Lanjigarh unit, organised an awareness programme in Baterlima village in Kalahandi district in Odisha to raise awareness on menstrual hygiene management.
Menstruation is still a taboo in India, and it is common for people across society to feel uncomfortable about the subject. This continues to affect access to safe products by women in rural India, and restrict freedom and health of young women.
With over 60 girls and women attending the programme, Prerna Mohan, wife of Vedanta, Lanjigarh Unit’s COO, graced the gathering as Chief Guest and shared insightful information on maintaining menstrual hygiene and its varied benefits. Speaking on the occasion, Prerna Mohan stated: “India’s growth curve on the socio-economic development of women is in its gradual progress. The taboos around menstruation must be highlighted and we believe it is the responsibility of all empowered women to spread this awareness to all. This campaign provides the right platform to enlighten fellow women about critical aspects like use of safe or hygienic materials and sanitary pads that can protect them from harmful diseases.”
The programme evaluated the knowledge of participating women on menstruation, encouraged them to share their stories and the issues they faced, and informed them of ways to overcome the challenges. There were also discussions on the right use of sanitary pads, and nurses from Vedanta Hospital oriented attendees about the normal and abnormal conditions of menstruation and the necessity, at times, to consult a doctor.
Guest of Honour, Jyotsna Rani, Lady Supervisor, Lanjigarh, Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) informed them about the various government programmes, such as Menstrual Hygiene Scheme (MHS) by Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, and SABLA programme of Ministry of Women & Child Development.